The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Monday, 16 January 2006]

Review: Sucker Bet

Sucker Bet is James Swain’s third Tony Valentine novel, and with it the series really finds it form—the characterizations gel, the plot is fast and funny, the prose is tight, and you can feel how much Swain cares about his characters.

Swain is a recognized gambling expert, and the insider knowledge he drops throughout the novel lifts it above other crime stories.

Highly recommended.

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